Austrian Times RSS FeedsLike the Austrian Times Facebook page!Follow us on Twitter!


Events for April
M T W T F S S
31 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 1 2 3 4
Add your event FREE

Today

Videos



BurgKino

Pub Quiz everyTuesday at Johnny's Pub

Popular in Austria

Smell Stop

Cosmo&Nanu

Horsemeat scandal: reinforced controls in Austria

Horsemeat scandal: reinforced controls in Austria

The scandal about beef that turned out to be horsemeat has now reached Austria. Authorities said that Austrian products are not affected but inspection arrangements are, nevertheless, reinforced. Instant meals are examined intensely.

"We have known about the issue since Friday night. Since then we also know that Austria is not affected. (…) Our focus is on drawing samples, in particular, from instant meals made of beef", said Carolin Krejci, an employee at the department for Food Law, Security and Quality of the Austrian Ministry of Health on Monday.

The authorities conduct regular examinations whether there is a conformance of the used products and the information on them.

"There were 71,500 revisions in 2011 (which involved visits of companies, examinations and the drawing of samples). 31,782 samples were drawn", said Ms Krejci. "Only 0,5 percent of the samples were harmful in 2011, which is very little."

There were no complaints for almost 86 percent of the samples in the food sector. Controls were made among manufacturers, wholesalers and gastronomy.

For example, different sorts of cheese are examined. It is necessary to find out whether sheep’s cheese is completely made of sheep’s milk.

There are special controls of meat because it is important for certain religious groups that a specific mandatory form of slaughter is secured.

DNA examinations guarantee clear results even with the smallest amounts of samples.

Ms Krejci said that there is no indication about a similar horsemeat scandal in Austria. The authorities are, however, just evaluating the entire dates.

Austrian Times


Are you on Facebook? Like the Austrian Times on Facebook and win great prizes!




Tag cloud:
cheese  products  examined  manufacturers  sheep  examinations  Austria  food  horsemeat  percent  Krejci  Instant  meals  rsquo  reinforced  drawing  Authorities  scandal  samples  beef


Latest News

 

Faymann warns against further Russia sanctions
Chancellor Werner Faymann has spoken out in support of moving away from additional sanctions on Russia.

What is on at Haydn Kino this week? (24 April - 30 April)
The following films are on at the English language cinema Haydn Kino on Mariahilfestrasse between 24 April and 30 April:

Gazprom to explore expanding pipeline in Austria
Russia could soon begin constructing their South Stream gas pipeline in Austria after meetings were held this week with Gazprom.

Poacher in Vienna shoots five deer with bow and arrow
A poacher is suspected to have killed five animals in Vienna using a bow and arrow, a hunting weapon that is forbidden throughout Austria.

Czech firm in the proverbial over dung parcel terror alert in Austria
A Czech mail order company that sends elephant poo around the EU could be faced with a hefty bill after a package of dung sparked a terror alert at an Austrian town hall.

Model helicopter chops up owner
Austrian model aircraft enthusiast Uwe E., 50, is in intensive care after he tried to catch his expensive model helicopter when it suddenly dropped out of the sky in the town of Krenglbach in Upper Austria, and he was badly chopped up by the rotor blades.

ORF Watch To Probe State Broadcaster
Nine Austrian journalists, including the author of this article which is one of many published on my Tagebuch (diary), have got together to create a new website www.ORF-Watch.at.

Julius Meinl expands to UK
Austria's prestigious coffee brand Julius Meinl is launching its famous product in the UK, with the hope of challenging the British culture of taking coffee to go.

Indestructible Armoured Police Tank Damaged By Eggs And Tennis Balls
An Austrian manufacturer of a high-tech anti-riot water cannon costing almost 1 million EUR is facing some tough questions after one of the vehicles was badly damaged during a demonstration that involved eggs and tennis balls.

Wiener Linien grinds to a temporary halt Wednesday morning
Vienna's public transport will grind to a halt between 4 am and 6.30am on Wednesday morning as unions hold an emergency meetings to discuss the safety of Wiener Linien staff.

 


Mala Vrata

The most popular stories –
last 7 days



Don't moan alone, the Ombudsman Investigates.

Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.

Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.


Austrian Zimmers